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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
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Applicants must have:
This 2 year part-time innovative program has been designed to provide continuing higher education for those individuals working as support workers in health care settings. It is essentially a generic award suitable for individuals working in a wide range of specialities and health care environments.
Year 2 modules are chosen in accordance with your field of practice (adult, child, mental health or learning disability). Each module has explicit theoretical and clinical learning outcomes and will be supported by specific module documentation outlined in a week by week timetable of activities. This will be a live document; one that demands documentary evidence and engagement with the clinical mentor in planning clinical activities and theoretical work, evaluating progress and final assessment.
You will be required to attend a minimum of 8 study days over the duration of the course. While each module will be supported through study days the majority of the work will be managed by you with the support of academic staff and clinical mentors. Each module will be supported through a timetable of activities and mechanisms will be in place to monitor your engagement and contribution to the course.
You will be assigned a clinical mentor, HCSW Local Board/Trust co-ordinator/manager, personal tutor and academic supervisor.
There will be both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment will be via student involvement in guided study activities, reflecting on feedback given and keeping a record within the student portfolio.
Summative assessment will be via theoretical assignments, including using models of reflection to support academic writing, poster presentation, guided scenario based workbook, observational diary, project, patient/client information leaflet and web based enquiry. The achievement of clinical learning and practice outcomes will also demand the use of appropriate intellectual skills.
The primary aim of this course is to support the development of the HCSW workforce and to promote standards of care across all contexts of practice. This course will meet the development needs of existing HCSWs and it is anticipated that successful completion of this course could facilitate promotion to Band 4 worker roles in the future, should promotional opportunities emerge. This course is not a means to achieve automatic promotion to band 4 worker roles.
In planning the programme, the curriculum planning team acknowledged and utilised the first year of the new BN (Hons) Nursing Award 2012. This course has developed out of that and therefore this course offers a high degree of congruence and comparability with year 1 of this programme. This facilitates a means to allow recognition of prior learning (RPL) (with limited additional consideration) to the BN (Hons) Nursing Degree.
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